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Old 08-11-16, 07:25 PM
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no riding today, no riding yesterday and forecast says 90% rain next 2 days, i'm really ready to ride. i just installed new clipless pedals, new shoes and a new helmet..........'
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Old 08-11-16, 08:04 PM
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14 miles Thursday late morning, first ride since long ride Sunday and subsequent recovery days (dang back/neck spasms). Waited a little too long to get started, around 10 a.m., and the temp was over 100F by the time I got home. Still felt good to be riding again.
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Old 08-11-16, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
No riding for me since Sunday, when I took a short trip over the handlebars. I set out for a rare Sunday morning ride, planning maybe 50 miles or so. At Mile 15, I was momentarily distracted by, of all things, the ears on the Bassett Hound that a woman was taking for a walk, and didn't see the hole in the pavement. Before I knew it I was on my way down and I knew I was going to plant on my shoulder.

I hit hard but I managed to roll over as I fell and I think that lessened the blow. My shoulder was VERY sore and I was sure I'd really injured it, but after giving it a minute or two I got up and checked my range of motion and, while it was pretty sore, the shoulder felt fairly solid and wasn't making any funny noises.

I did some field repair on my bent derailleur and rode home 11 miles. When I got home, my shoulder looked like this... I had a few other bumps and bruises, but I decided I didn't need to go to the ER. The shoulder is pretty sore and stiff, but it's slowly getting better. I hope to ride this weekend.
Yikes. I fell two or three times this year, mostly near Trinity Park, and didn't even have a Basset Hound to blame. Mostly it was trying to ride on and off the paved path and adjacent grass to get around folks lollygagging on the trail and misjudging the reentry angle.
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Old 08-11-16, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by momsonherbike
No riding for me today. Heat index is at 103F, and the sun is brutal. Have a barbeque to go to this evening (eating indoors I'm praying), so taking the evening off from my bike.
That's a normal summer day here in Texas, without even taking into account the heat index. It's all just a matter of acclimation.

The shoulder's still sore; I suspect I'm not resting it enough (duh). There's a sickly yellow strip coming down from my collar bone on the front of my shoulder; that's gonna be a beauty of a bruise when it comes into full bloom.

I wrenched on the bike tonight. I think the vintage Cyclone II derailleur is salvageable; I've got it all adjusted on the stand but I'll save the test ride for another day. I still need to work on the handlebar damage but I need some replacement parts for that. I kind of wanted to make sure the drivetrain and frame were okay before I invested the money.
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Old 08-11-16, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat
Yikes. I fell two or three times this year, mostly near Trinity Park, and didn't even have a Basset Hound to blame. Mostly it was trying to ride on and off the paved path and adjacent grass to get around folks lollygagging on the trail and misjudging the reentry angle.
You're in Ft Worth? Did I know that? Do I know you? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 08-12-16, 09:02 PM
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Took the hybrid out for a short checkout. Less than two miles. But then it was around 110 degrees and around 30% humidity.
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Old 08-13-16, 12:03 PM
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1st ride yesterday 20.1 and 18.5 today on the new toy (well, new to me - 2011 S-Works Tarmac SL3). Getting out around 8AM to avoid the later-in-the-day heat 98.

2016: 3,230 Miles Total Miles: 12,851
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Old 08-13-16, 12:06 PM
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Today's weather was nice, overcast and damp with temperatures tolerably cool. So I took the Grandis out for 50.36 miles, stopped to check out old Farmer Burke's crop of geese:

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Old 08-13-16, 01:40 PM
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Got out as the sun came up for 49.9 mi. 2:29:59

Sunrise is now an hour later than mid June, fall is approaching. Where did the summer go...
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Old 08-13-16, 03:59 PM
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What's a guy supposed to do when he wakes up at 12:30AM? Grab a bite to eat, get lights charged, put air in the tires, fill bottles, dress and get out on quiet roads. Only saw 2 meteors coming down but the one at 0407 was AWESOME! Had the Paramount and took things nice and easy for 47 miles. Back home for a shower and kit change since it was still very warm and HUMID. Took out the Giant and rode 39 miles with the LBS plus an additional 16 for a nice 102 miles after a week layoff.
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Old 08-13-16, 06:14 PM
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today i got 4 miles in and a flat rear i couldn't fix on the road, wife came out and got me home, now i need to cram a tube in to my bag.

always tomorrow.........
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Old 08-13-16, 07:54 PM
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Cannon Valley Trail - SE MN

I chose my "Roadsterized" 1981 Fuji Royale for today's adventure. We rode the Cannon Valley Trail, full length/round trip, about 44 miles including my "poking around" exploring Welch and Cannon Falls. This really is a perfect bike for these relatively flat rail trails.


A lot of the old railroad stuff still remains, kept up with the help of the $4 "wheel pass" we pay for the privilege of riding this very popular trail.


There are vast wetlands in the Cannon Valley, and many places from which to view them along the trail.


The Cannon River is running quite high, due to the heavy rains we've had recently.


My mid-ride brunch was the breakfast burrito at Nick's Diner in Cannon Falls. Great food and ambience.


The sun came out and the temperature soared on the way back. I actually worked up a sweat!

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Old 08-13-16, 07:55 PM
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Did you buy that bike from Angela Lansbury?
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Old 08-13-16, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by FXjohn
Did you buy that bike from Angela Lansbury?
No, I built it myself over the winter. I can't ride in drops because of back injuries from motorcycle roadracing, so I buy C&V "bike boom" 10/12 speeds and put them through a process I call "Roadsterization", essentially retiring the bike from the rigors of the sporting life, and setting them up for a life of leisure. I pull the derailleur-based drivetrain and replace with, in this case, the venerable Sturmey Archer AW 3-speed, touring handlebar, comfy sprung leather saddle, fenders... the works.

But you see, looks can be deceiving, and I can maintain a pretty good clip on this one. It still has the skinny tires for low rolling resistance, and is still fairly light weight, and I find myself passing quite a few lycra-clad heroes on their delicate carboluminum fiber speedsters. Granted, they don't stay passed for long, but it's gotta hurt when they hear the DING! of my Crane brass bell and I pass them on Angela Lansbury's bike.
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Old 08-13-16, 08:12 PM
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i think the basket would bother them more than the bell
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Old 08-13-16, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by FXjohn
i think the basket would bother them more than the bell
Yeah, you have a point there. I think the basket is the reason I always wear one of my Marines t-shirts when I ride this one. But it's lightweight bamboo, to match the fenders, and it's so darned handy for carrying my camera and stuff. That little twist-o-the-knife when I pass `em is just a bonus.
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Old 08-13-16, 11:24 PM
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19 miles Saturday night. Started out to be a two-mile grocery run, but I extended it a bit by heading toward another store. Lovely, nearly cool night after nearly two consecutive weeks of 100+F days and nights over 90F.
@DQRider's roadster conversion has me seriously considering a good used Univega Via Carisma available locally. It already has front and rear racks and fenders and only needs some swept back handlebars to be a comfy city and errand bike. The Univega original pop art splatter paint job won't lend itself to a full on classic conversion, but it could be an interesting project.
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Old 08-14-16, 08:59 AM
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I went out earlier this morning, before the temps hit like 107 heat index...

16.5 miles in 1hr, 2min, 20sec, for an (avg) speed of 15.9 mph. Not bad at all. Lots of people were out riding early this morning too, which was good to see.

Here's a few complimentary photos...

Gee, can you guess where I am inside West Creek Pkwy business complex? LOL...


I stopped along Patterson Ave & River Road, and tried to take a "selfie" with my phone. One of the cool things in the photo... See the water bottle from Conte's Bike Shop here in town? I don't know if you can make it out or not, but the water bottle also says "1957" on it, for when Conte's first went into business. #1957 is also my school bus number for the county public schools transportation department! How cool is that?
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Old 08-14-16, 12:00 PM
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What's in the bottle, Butch? (I don't really want to know.)

Pretty warm here in the Boston area today. Heat index for Waltham was supposed to hit 105 but it's down to 103 now.

I got out on the Grandis again today, 42.6 miles. "They" issued a heat alert starting at 11 so my goal was to be home by noon. I made it by 10 after. The last hour was a steamah. Well, they were all steamahs but the last one was a lobstah pot.

Cool early lunch in the shade:

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Old 08-14-16, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
What's in the bottle, Butch? (I don't really want to know.)
LOL...

Actually, it was one of those strawberry powdered mix things that my wife has in the kitchen counter. I dumped it into the bottle and filled it up with water. Tasted pretty good!

Looking at the first photo I posted, I might be a confused bicyclist or have a few "issues" or something...
- White water bottle = It is labeled Agee's (from Agee's bike shop here in town).
- Water bottle cage on seat tube = It is labeled Pedal Power RVA (from Pedal Power Bikes here in town).
- Clear water bottle also on seat tube = It is labeled Conte's Bike Shop (also here in town and my favorite LBS).
I guess I'm representing all the LBS's in town!
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Back in the Saddle. First outdoor ride since before surgery (5/24). Felt great to be out there. I almost didn't notice it was 94 deg with 13 mph wind. Got in 18 miles but man oh man I've got a lot of work to do.
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32 miles, picked up a crapload of beer cans and plastic water bottles from the sat nite pig people, had a flat (first one in 7 months).

got rained (????) on for the last mile, but since this is the first day in almost a month that it isn't 100F, that's ok.
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Today was the hottest day of the year I believe. True temps were mid 90's F and humidity was about the same. I rode 30 miles with the bike club and was glad to see the end. The club animals, who typically ride at twice my speed, still rode at twice my speed. We all start together within minutes of each other. At my 20 mile point they passed me on their 50 mile loop where they still had 10 miles to go as I did also. So they rode 40 miles in the time I rode 20 miles. Heat didn't slow them down a bit. I now sit in a nice air conditioned coffee shop and after a pleasant nap feel as good as new.
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Old 08-14-16, 06:54 PM
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No riding Friday or Saturday - combination of rain and helping son and daughter-in-law move out of our home into their newly-completed home. (After a six month visit.)
Very rainy this morning too but, lo and behold, merely cloudy most of the afternoon: Twenty Screamer miles with my favorite stoker. Plenty humid but not too hot.
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Old 08-14-16, 08:18 PM
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53 miles today in the mid-80s. Most noteworthy thing was riding through a swarm of gnats that was a quarter mile long. Yuck.
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